Empower Entrepreneurship among Youth


Our Vision

Inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship among youth to strive for a better, inclusive and prosperous future.


Our Mission

The Asia-Pacific Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation (APYEF) is committed to building up a cross-border startup ecosystem for the next generation of entrepreneurs across the Asia-Pacific region to connect, communicate and collaborate.

Our Story

APYEF was founded on the idea of cultivating young Canadian entrepreneurs with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The founding team recognized the importance of expanding global opportunities for Canadian startups and enhancing their commercial engagement with the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. The Foundation was registered with Canadian Federal Government under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in July 2015. On May 18, 2016, APYEF's official launch ceremony was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the city of Montreal. More than 200 distinguished guests attending the ceremony including diplomats, government officials, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and supporters of startup communities. Both Prime Minister of Canada the Rt. Honorable Justin Trudeau and Minister of International Trade the Honorable Chrystia Freeland sent their letters of congratulation.

Since the launch ceremony APYEF has established partnerships with VCs, Angel investors, incubators, accelerators, university entrepreneurship hubs and startup communities across Canada, the United States, China, and Southeast Asia. APYEF is on the way to become a cross-border ecosystem for not only Canadian startups and entrepreneurs but also those in the Asia-Pacific countries.


Our Partners


Featured Startups

We are proud to take startups to global stage

FREDsense (Calgary)

Global Champion at She Loves Tech Startup Pitch Competition 2018

FREDsense combines biology and engineering to detect chemicals in industrial water. 


Past Event Speakers/Judges/Mentors

Proud to bring inspirational investors, entrepreneurs and experts across Canada

Thank you! Past Event Sponsors




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